The most inspirational musicians and performers

At ICMP London, we hold regular masterclasses, clinics and workshops with some of the most inspirational musicians, performers, artists and music entrepreneurs in the business. These fantastic opportunities to learn from those who have achieved success are not to be missed, and form an invaluable complement to your chosen course.  

To see details of upcoming masterclasses and associated events click here, or see below for just a few of those who have visited us throughout the years:

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Chad Smith - Drums

Chad Smith is the current drummer and founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Chad is also the drummer of the hard rock supergroup Chickenfoot, formed in 2008, and is currently the all-instrumental outfit Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats, who formed in 2007.
 

Sam Duckworth - Songwriting

Sam Duckworth is a singer-songwriter, currently performing as Recreations, and formerly known as Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. Get Cape was signed to Atlantic Records in March 2006, after playing many gigs, both with punk rock band Silverskin and as Get Cape. As Get Cape, Duckworth has collaborated with Billy Bragg, Nitin Sawhney, Shlomo, Killa Kela, Baba Maal, Flea, Kate Nash, and many others.

Luke Patterson - Drums

Luke Patterson is a drum graduate of the ICMP, and now the drummer for the Grammy-winning band Clean Bandit. Having released their first album 'New Eyes' through Atlantic Records, they received massive success with their single 'Rather Be' featuring the vocals of Jess Glynne. The single catapulted the band to huge success, and the track won a Grammy for 'Best Dance Recording'.

Paul Turner & Rob Harris - Bass & Guitar

Paul Turner and Rob Harris are long term members of funk band Jamiroquai, playing bass and guitar respectively. They are also accomplished session musicians both in the studio and onstage, having recorded and toured with artists such as George Michael, Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Bryan Ferry and Elton John.
 

Thomas Lang - Drums

Thomas Lang is an acclaimed Austrian drummer, multiinstrumentalist, composer and record producer. As a session musician, he has played for artists such as Robert Fripp, Glenn Hughes, Peter Gabriel, Asia, Tina Turner, Robbie Williams, Ronan Keating, Steve Hackett, 911, Boyzone, Falco, Kylie Minogue, and many more.

Divinity Roxx - Bass

Band member and Assistant Musical Director for Beyoncé, Divinity Roxx has been touring and working with the superstar for over five years. She has appeared on countless television shows, including The Grammys, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Saturday Night Live, and Good Morning America,to name a few.

Guthrie Govan - Guitar

Guthrie Govan is arguably the most exciting and significant new guitarist to emerge in the virtuosic rock/fusion guitar scene in many years. He is a brilliant artist who is at home in a variety of musical genres and styles, and has recorded and toured with acts ranging from melodic rock (Asia) to grime (Dizzee Rascal). He was recently seen onstage at the Hans Zimmer Revealed concerts, sharing guitar duties with Johnny Marr and incorporating instruments ranging from banjo to fretless electric guitar. 

Snarky Puppy - Band

The New York-based, Grammy award-winning quasi-collective Snarky Puppy has gone from the best-kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. Although still ‘underground’ in many respects, the band has earned high praise from critical stalwarts like the BBC, the Village Voice, the Guardian, and the Boston Herald, and has performed at some of the best venues and festivals in Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America. 

Frank Turner - Songwriting

Since the demise of Million Dead, the hardcore quartet he fronted, Frank Turner has been on a constant upward curve. His fourth album, England Keep My Bones (2011), sold more than 100,000 copies and entered the UK charts at Number 12. Its follow-up,  Tape Deck Heart, ushered in a new level of success. It entered the UK charts at Number 2 and the iTunes charts at Number 1 and has sold 200,000 copies so far. 


 

Cathy Dennis - Songwriting

A graduate of the ICMP, Cathy Dennis is a world-renowned performer and songwriter. She started her career writing her own music and has gone on to pen tracks for countless world famous artists. After hitting both the US and UK charts, first as a vocalist for house producer D Mob,  and then with her own music, Cathy has written a multitude of Number 1 hits for the likes of Kylie Minogue (‘I Just Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’), Britney Spears (‘Toxic’) and Katy Perry (‘I Kissed a Girl’). She is also the recipient of five Ivor Novello Awards and two Grammys.

Darcus Beese - Music Business

Darcus Beese is CoPresident of one of the UK’s most successful record labels, Island Records. His most famous signings, in a string of A&R successes, include Florence and the Machine, Mumford & Sons, The Sugababes, and Amy Winehouse, with whom Beese worked closely after bringing her to Island Records in 2002.

Knights Before - Band

Knights Before were recording and touring with Amy Winehouse at the pinnacle of her career and have an intimate understanding of the magic and construction behind her music. Members of the band have also worked with Lulu, Tom Jones, Corrine Bailey Rae, Tina Turner, Laura Mvula, Jamiroquai, Nigel Kennedy, Jessie J and Mark Ronson.

Youth - Music Production

Youth's prolific production career spans three era's of music and encompasses a myriad of styles, genre's and artists including David Gilmore, Primal Scream, Guns N' Roses,The Verve and Paul McCartney.


 

Zigaboo Modeliste - Drums

Zigaboo is particularly notorious for his work with legendary funk band ‘The Meters’, whose classic hits include 60s anthem ‘Cissy Strut’ - a song that has been sampled countless times by artists ranging from Public Enemy to DJ Shadow. Since his days in the band he has toured with Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood in the late 70s and embarked on a respected and successful solo drumming career. 

Floor Jansen - Vocals

Floor is the singer of the Finnish bands Nightwish and ReVamp and started her career fronting the Dutch metal band After Forever. She featured as guest vocalist on many albums for artists such as Ayreon, Star One, Devin Townsend, and Mayan. She has starred in live shows on Lowlands, Games in Concert, Christmas Metal Symphony, Epica, Doro and many more.

Sandy Beales & Jon Shone - Bass & Keys

Sandy Beales (bass) is an ICMP graduate, and Jon Shone (Keys) is currently one of our visiting tutors. They held a 'stadium success' masterclass, as they are 2 of the few musicians who worked with One Direction for over 4 and a half years, touring the world and playing some of the best international venue with the British boy band.

Kaz Rodriguez - Drums

As well as playing for singers including Jessie Ware, Sinead Harnett, Jay Sean, Plan B, Wilkinson, and Aston Merrygold, Kaz has also toured with 15 musicians accompanying Cirque du Soleil and is set to join Drake this year. In the drumming world he has collaborated with the likes of Travis Barker (Blink 182), Aaron Spears (Lady Gaga), Anika Nilles, Chris Coleman (Prince), Gerald Hayward, and many more.


 

Stu Hamm & Ralph Salmins - Bass & Drum

Stu Hamm helped to reshape the contemporary concept of the bass guitar as an unaccompanied instrument with the utilization of polyphonic, two-handed tapping, slapping and popping techniques, chords, and harmonics. Ralph Salmins is the drummer of choice for producers and composers worldwide. He has performed or recorded with some of the world’s finest musicians and artists, including Paul McCartney, George Martin, Elton John, Madonna, James Brown, Tom Jones, Mike Oldfield, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Paloma Faith, Jeff Beck, Alice Cooper and Wynton Marsalis. 

Jon Gomm - Guitar

Jon Gomm is an English singer-songwriter and performer. Using a single acoustic guitar to create drum sounds, bass lines and melodies simultaneously, his songs draw on a range of influences and styles including blues, soul, rock and even metal. To date he has recorded three solo albums and has toured full-time since 2004. He is often a member of the "Guitar Masters tour", alongside its founder Preston Reed and Andy McKee.

Goetz Botzenhardt - Music Production

Goetz started at Swanyard Recording Studios in the 90’s recording and mixing artists such as Incognito, Galliano, Soul to Soul. He progressed to work with Rollo Armstrong recording and mixing the first Faithless albums and Dido's multiplatinum selling album 'No Angel'. He also recorded and mixed the Sugababes debut album 'One Touch' as well as mixing for The Cardigans, Bjork, The Cinematic Orchestra, Craig David, The Pet Shop Boys. 

Phil Harding - Music Production

Phil Harding started in the music industry aged 16 at the Marquee Studios in 1973. Phil engineered and mixed their first chart successes (Divine and Hazell Dean) then their breakthrough and first No 1 single, ‘You Spin Me Round’ by Dead or Alive. The hits came almost faster than you could count them – Mel & Kim, Bananarama, Rick Astley, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Pet Shop Boys and Kylie Minogue at the famous PWL Studios in the 80’s. 

Cleveland Watkiss - Vocals

His amazing vocal experiences have seen him perform with many diverse artists from around the world such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, the James Taylor Quartet, Art Blakey, Stevie Wonder, Robbie Williams, Joe Cocker, The Who, Branford Marsalis, Soul II Soul, the London Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Orchestra, Goldie, Bjork, Pete Townshend, the London Community Gospel Choir and many many more.